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Optoma PK301 Projector

£199.99
3000:1 WVGA (854x480) 29dB 100 ANSI Lumens Oct 2013
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Acceptable noise level
Poor expert reviews
Does not have a good battery life
27 Reviews
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Power

Does Not Have a Good Battery Life

Six people wrote in their reviews that it did not have a good battery life. Website Amazon.co.uk wrote “Battery is a joke” nonetheless they gave this projector a score of 5 stars out of 5. They also said “Doesn't come with an extra battery which is only useful if you use this a LOT in one go” in their review. Alistair mentioned five years ago “However, after following the instructions and fully charging the unit before first use, he was very disappointed that the battery only lasted about 15mins”.


Reviews

Poor Expert Reviews

Based on two expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews and gadgetshow.channel5.com this multimedia projector has an average expert rating of 60%. This means that experts are not that keen on this projector.

Owner Reviews Are Average

Based on 25 owner reviews this Optoma multimedia projector has an average owner rating of 79%.

Good Brand

We checked 1,873 owner and expert reviews for Optoma data projectors and found that on average Optoma has good ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Optoma has good ratings specifically within its 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors range.


Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Two people who bought it thought it was noisy. Mr. S. Priestman mentioned on expert website Amazon “4 The fan is relatively noisy.”. Mr a a Kora wrote in his Optoma PK301 review “I give it 4 stars only because when it's not in ECO mode it gets quite noisy”.


Price

Reasonably Priced

Two people who bought the product mentioned that it was good value for money. Gavsg1 said “For the price it is great value” . Four years ago Lee Booth mentioned “Great little projector at a great price”.


Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was October 2013 when this data projector was released.


Good Picture Quality

Three customers said in their reviews that this projector had good picture quality. Three years ago Gavsg1 mentioned “Does what I need it to do & night vision works well” in their review of this projector and scored the product a maximum of 5 stars.


Design

Nice Design

Two owners mentioned in their reviews that this projector was well designed.

Easy to Use

Four owners reckoned that the Optoma PK301 was easy to use. Website Amazon.co.uk said “Removable handle makes it easy to use on the couches” in their review of this projector. They also wrote “I wouldn't buy it to use as a main cleaner for carpet” in their review. Ferdinand Sambulo mentioned in his review of this projector on expert website Amazon four years ago “It is a very nice handy product and looks fancy just like a beautiful camera” and rated it 5 stars out of 5.

Strong and Durable

Two people who purchased the product considered that it was strong and durable. Website Amazon.co.uk mentioned three years ago “Charging station is sturdy being mounted on the inside of a tall cupboard in the kitchen”. Four years ago Mr. S. Priestman wrote in their review of this projector “If you want a more reliable, robust home cinema projector, then think carefully” however they only rated it 3 stars out of 5.

Good Product Quality

Three owners thought this projector was good quality. Five years ago Alistair mentioned on expert review site Amazon “The picture quality is fair”. An anonymous author wrote “The image quality was acceptable”. Mr a a Kora gave the Optoma PK301 a score of 4 stars out of 5 and he mentioned “Very high quality product, perfect for travelling”.


Video

Does Not Support Full HD

The Optoma PK301 does not support full HD. Most of the other data projectors of a comparable spec and age to this projector also do not support full HD.

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Projector

Quite Dim Projector Brightness

With a projector brightness of only 100 ANSI lumens, the Optoma PK301 has a very dim projector brightness compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of this spec and age. Across all the similar spec projectors that came out around the same time as this projector the projector brightnesses range from 100 ANSI lumens to 7,000 ANSI lumens.

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Only WVGA (854x480) Resolution

The highest resolution of the Optoma PK301 is WVGA (854x480). That's 80% less resolution than a 1080p (1920x1080) multimedia projector, which is the most frequently found resolution.

A WVGA (854x480) projector native resolution is in fact the worst resolution across all projectors of this age and spec.

A DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) projector native resolution is the best resolution across comparable types of projector.

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Multimedia

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Optoma PK301 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as this projector.

There are a number of other projectors with a built-in speaker(s) currently available that you might want to look at including the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 (£214.34) which has better reviews.

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Supports Eight Video Formats Supported

The number of supported video formats on the Optoma PK301 is more than most projectors of a comparable type and age to it. This multimedia projector supports a H.264 video formats supported, which is the most frequently supported video formats supported supported by multimedia projectors of a comparable type and age to this projector. The video formats supported "3GP", "AVI", "M-JPEG", "MOV", "MP4", "MPEG4" and "XVID" are also supported by this Optoma data projector.

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Weight & Dimensions

Very Small and Lightweight Design

Three people who reviewed it reckoned that it was lightweight. Website Gadgetshow.channel5.com mentioned “Very small and lightweight design” in their review of this projector but in spite of that they scored it 40 out of 100. Website Amazon.co.uk scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said “Very lightweight, easy to use, easy to empty, convenient, decent power” in their review of this projector. They also mentioned “It is lightweight, small and powerful enough to do the job on my mostly bare floors” in their review.

Two people who reviewed it agreed that it was compact. Website Amazon.co.uk said “Very compact design” in their review of this projector. An anonymous author mentioned on expert website Amazon “A very compact little projector with no noise as some projectors have from their fan”.

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Storage

Has a Card Reader Integrated

The Optoma PK301 has a card reader integrated, unlike most of the other data projectors of this age and spec which do not have a card reader integrated.

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Lamps

Very Long Service Life of Lamp

3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as this projector have service life of lamps of between 1,500h and 30,000h, and the average service life of lamp is 4,500h. When compared to other similar spec data projectors that were released more than two years ago that we have checked, the service life of lamp of the Optoma PK301 of 20,000 hours is one of the longest.

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Packaging Content

Has a Handheld Remote Control

The Optoma PK301 has a handheld remote control, as do most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for a comparable time to this projector.

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Ports & Interfaces

Does Not Have a DVI Port

The Optoma PK301 does not have a DVI port, although keep in mind that most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar age and type to this projector also do not have a DVI port.

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Performance

Has an On Screen Display (OSD)

The Optoma PK301 has an On Screen Display (OSD), as do most of the other similar spec projectors that have been around for more than two years.

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Very Quiet Noise Level

Comparable spec multimedia projectors that have been available for around the same time as this projector have noise levels of between 25dB and 45dB. The Optoma PK301 has one of the quieter noise levels (only 29 decibels) amongst similar spec projectors of this age.

Projectors with a louder noise level that might be worth considering include the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 (£214.34) (37dB) which also has a higher rating.

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Optoma PK301 Review Sources

To prepare this Optoma PK301 review we compared this projector to 2,071 other models. For each projector that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 328,171 product attributes, 14,282 projector reviews and 3,049,700 historical projector prices from 169 projector retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this projector compared to the other models as well as any areas where this projector is lacking.

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